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Very Quick Wednesday News Round-Up

BRECON 2009 WON’T HAPPEN

The lead times are reckoned to be too short. They’re calling it a “Gap Year.” The full story comes from BBC Wales

CHELTENHAM 2009(28 Apr-5 May)LOOKS GOOD

The first list of artists released by Jazzwise Magazine looks GREAT! Tony Dudley-Evans (all-round good guy) tells me he’ll have more to say in a couple of weeks.

MAINSTREAM FANS SHOULD HEAD FOR NORWICH (2nd-4th May)

The 2009 Norwich Jazz Party has a fantastic line-up. More details from the site or by phone from 01603-467777 or 01603-620287.

LEEDS CONFERENCE TAKING SHAPE

The Leeds Jazz Conference, the UK’s best-established academic conference, on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 March looks to be taking on a new lease of life under the influence of indefatigable New Zealed-born singer (30 albums!)/and academic Louise Gibbs. Writer/journalist Stuart Nicholson is keynote speaker.

FORM 696-MORE HEAT THAN LIGHT

The PETITION ON THE NUMBER 10 WEBSITE to have Form 696 scrapped has gathered 15,000 signatures. The campaign has so far generated a lot of debate, but, alas, no results. Whatsoever. UK Music and the Musicians Union have work to do.

BREMEN JAZZAHEAD HAS BRITS

Joe Paice of Jazz Services organized a successful presence last year at IAJE in Toronto.

Now he is again behind the 2009 initiative, Jazzahead in Bremen

Jazzwise list the artists HERE

YOU CAN NOMINATE

Jazz Services is inviting nominations for the All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards till Feb 27th HERE

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